April Showers

Six year old birthday parties are cool. I now have a driveway of many colors. We gave the kids a giant box of sidewalk chalk and let them have at it. At one point before going outside, the kids had to admonish the adults for making too much noise, (I’m not kidding). We had to shoo them (the adults) into another room. When all of the guests had gone, she said it was “a dream come true.” You can’t do any better than that.

My granddaughter has discovered the perfect hideout in the back yard. She has weapons hidden in the tree, her collections (rocks, pinecones, bird feathers, etc.) displayed on a stump, and nice seating. All in all, an excellent secret place for a little girl.
I have a rather crazy schedule for the next two months. It’s all mish-mashed around the end of school, two minor surgeries (not for me), a visit with my mom, an anniversary, getting a house ready to sell, and company coming. I’m keeping my calendar with me at all times now.

We haven’t had any rain in ages, so I decided it was time to turn on the sprinkling system. I can do this, right? I went outside and turned the big valve handles to the on position, and then closed the little relief valve. Then I confidently went downstairs and opened the valve to the sprinkling system and hurried back upstairs and out. Water was shooting everywhere. I turned around and bee-lined it back downstairs and shut everything off.

After two days of trying to get ahold of the sprinkler repair man (to no avail) who installed the new valve system last fall, I decided to take another look. Turns out there are four places to close, not just one. I got out the screwdriver and tried again. This time it worked (so empowering to do it myself). Good thing because the new hose I was dragging around to water by hand broke. Two weeks old and it sprung a leak and sent a geyser up twenty feet into the air. All that’s left to do is make sure all of the sprinkler heads are adjusted. So, I just checked the weather. They are predicting snow for the end of the week.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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